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Old 09-12-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor Tires vs Duratrac

Just ordered a new 2 Door Sahara today. I plan to order 17" Pro Comp wheels. For the tires i was thinking about the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor LT285/70 R17. A lot of people here run Duratracs. For the next few years my Sahara will be my daily driver with 2-3 trips per year to the Colorado mountain trails. No serious stuff, mud pits or rock crawling. Just cruising those rocky trails. Any concerns about the Wrangler Silent Armor vs the Duratrac. Thanks.

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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I have 35x12.5R15 GSAs on my rig. My reason for the purchase was at the time it was my DD and they wear a long time. The Kevlar in them makes for a strong tire and the tread is very quiet and great for everything............EXCEPT mud. As long as you're not hitting mud, the GSAs will be great.

Now that it's not my DD, I'm just waiting and waiting and waiting for the tread to wear out so I can get some MTs.

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Old 09-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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I really like the Silent Armor's on my Rubicon

When it was time to replace the BFG Mud Terrain's on my 2011 Rubicon (2dr), I bought stock (LT255/75R17C - BSW) Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's and have been VERY happy. The BFG MT's were great off road (especially in mud), but they are HORRIBLE on wet roads, are loud, and don't last long. The Silent Armor's are excellent on wet roads (and with snow), and easily handled all of the 4WD trails and rocks I've tried in N. Calif. and Oregon. [Let's be honest - it's usually the driver, not the tires!]

I've also gone through 2 sets of the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's on my old 4WD Dodge truck, and they have also been OUTSTANDING. The Wrangler SA's last >50,000 miles, and have handled any terrain that my truck could get to (including some off-road towing of a heavy trailer).

I've also had BFG All Terrain's in the past. They handled (on/off road) similarly to the SA's, but had tread life about half as long.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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I have a set of GSA's on my LJ and they have been great. It is my daily driver and the tires provide a good ride and great tread life.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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I had the dealer upsize my Moab's GYSA from 245/75/17 to 275/70/17. I have had them on deep woods muddy trails in KY and on a road trip to St. Augustine beach ( on the beach ) they worked perfect in all 3 venues.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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I have 35x12.5R15 GSAs on my rig. My reason for the purchase was at the time it was my DD and they wear a long time. The Kevlar in them makes for a strong tire and the tread is very quiet and great for everything............EXCEPT mud. As long as you're not hitting mud, the GSAs will be great.

Now that it's not my DD, I'm just waiting and waiting and waiting for the tread to wear out so I can get some MTs.
I also have the GSA's and I agree. They are great everywhere except mud. In the mud the tread blocks up with mud and the tires spin. Wear and traction elsewhere are fine. I did notice they are a lot heavier than my Stock SRA's.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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I also have the GSA's and I agree. They are great everywhere except mud. In the mud the tread blocks up with mud and the tires spin. Wear and traction elsewhere are fine. I did notice they are a lot heavier than my Stock SRA's.
The P rated are significantly lighter than the LT, and from what I understand are more appropriate for a Jeep A/T tire. Don't know what you happened to buy.

My GSAs have done great in everything (slick rock, flint rock, rocky mountains, grass, rain, snow, blizzard, ice). They did fine in moderate mud, but I think the LSD was the big help. In a "light" mud, where the top was slop, my ass slid left to right for 400 yards and I was unable to keep it straight. I still didn't stuck for a second, just no control.

The Duratracs have a much more aggressive tread pattern and are available in larger sizes. I've never owned a pair, so I won't speak to their worthiness.
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:44 PM   #8
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Thanks guys

Goodyear Silent Armor it will be. Thanks for the input.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:13 PM   #9
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update?

I'm sort of in the same boat, if you could follow-up: So did you go with the GY SAs? If yes, how did they work out?
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:34 PM   #10
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Still waiting for the Sahara

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I'm sort of in the same boat, if you could follow-up: So did you go with the GY SAs? If yes, how did they work out?
I ordered a new 2014 2 door Sahara on 9-12 and it's still not here. They had to make all the 4 door busses first. Supposedly mine will be at the dealer Nov 8-9. But i did order the GY SA's last week. So things will start moving soon.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:31 AM   #11
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4 door busses - that's rich (and probably true for the build/delivery of these - and we probably just alienated ourselves from 75% of the forum...). I'm still shopping (fishing) the forum for tire info (saw your post over on the biggest tire thread). Once you have the new setup installed please send a follow-up on how it's working out (turn limit rubs, etc).
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #12
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aal5441 No problems so far

Picked up the new Sahara and i've been driving it for 3 days now and no rubbing so far. Haven't done any off roading, that will be in the summertime. but by then i plan to have the Teraflex leveling kit installed. Here's a few photos.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #13
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They look GREAT!!! Like the wheels a lot (might have to copycat when mine shows up) and I think I've sold myself on the SA's.

We're getting our first snow dump up in the passes tonight and while the Pilot is ok, I'm really hoping the Jeep shows up sooner rather than later (kind of a no-brainer, but had to say it anyway).

Good Jeep'in!
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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I'm looking at GY SA's for my next tire as well. My biggest concern is wet road traction.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #15
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I'm looking at GY SA's for my next tire as well. My biggest concern is wet road traction.
Just came back from my place in St. Augustine beach. Rained a lot my GYSAs were stable in the wet stuff. No hydroplane noted

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